“Here we are, finally!”, he said landing on the ground.
“Took little long to reach but that was known”, she added
“Lets not waste time now and go ahead with the job at hands”, he hurried her.
Looking little surprised, she questioned, “You mean, its me who is wasting time?”
“What made you think so?”, he asked and was visibly ruffled.
“Leave it. I don’t have energy and time to prove my point”, she answered with sarcasm.
“Should we start searching for food, then?”, said he setting the tone for peace and not war.
“Even if we get a grain here, I will be more than happy. But keep an eye for the luscious worm. Follow me”, she replied.
He already had turned in the opposite direction and was seen sprinting away.
Growing upset, she summoned, “Are we not a team in this search?”
Stopping for a moment in his track, he replied, “By all means we are. But that doesn’t me that we should follow each other. You check in one direction and I in another. The first one to spot grains or the worms, will alert other. Was it not the deal?”
Not left with any answer, she strutted in the opposite direction. Few steps ahead, she got doubtful. “The place is deserted. Its hot day and a lazy afternoon is all that is prevailing all over”, she stated.
“A crowded place would have made our hunt difficult. Nothing safer than the deserted corner in the dock yard for the worms”, he answered without turning towards her.
“Sometimes he thinks smart”, she pondered.
Suddenly, she sensed footsteps approaching around the corner. She made the long cooing sound and flew up. Perched on the wire that hung near the wooden pole, she turned her head to witness the activity on the ground. He joined her too.
Few men appeared from opposite direction. Half way through the lane, they greeted each other. A casket and a suitcase changed the hands. The men were about to depart. There was a sudden rush of the stamping feet. An ambush followed. Gun shots filled the air with terror. Few were nabbed after the scuffle and some were captured after a chase . They were handcuffed and taken away.
The pigeons cooed together. Wearing his sun glasses a man looked up. With a broad smile, he waved a thumb to the pigeons and walked away. The pigeons flew away too.
The pigeons were ‘drone-robots‘ controlled remotely from the Police Headquarters. Their eyes were fitted with cameras for recording, monitoring event and telecasting it live back to the control room. The spotting of the human was code worded as “worm” and that of “suspicious consignments” as “grains”. Getting the tip off about the smuggled diamonds, the dock yard police had roped in the services of these messengers. Inspector Rohini and Inspector Milind operated them for this assignment. Back at the control room, they gave each other a “Hi 5”